Philip Plein: The Turnaround Year with The Evolution of creativity in Fall/ Winter 2022

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

Lugano, January 15, 2022

The year 2022 has just started and Philipp Plein is firmly consolidating its presence with an impressive line-up of new openings in upscale shopping districts and premium locations.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

In particular Barcelona Mandarin Oriental, London Old Bond Street, Warsaw, Poznan, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas Forum, St. Petersburg, Dailan Olympia 66 Xigang. #Unstoppable!

2022 is also the year of launch of the new store concept.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

All the above stores in fact will feature the new official PHILIPP PLEIN store concept which is bringing to life a contemporary, luxury and innovative atmosphere, where the customer will be immersed in the Plein world.

2022 will also be the year of the expansion of the PHILIPP PLEIN universe beyond fashion.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

After the debut of Philipp Plein in the field of hospitality and entertainment with the already announced opening of the PHILIPP PLEIN Hotel and Club in Milan, Philipp Plein explores the world of art with the launch of a range of Unique Pieces displayed in the PHILIPP PLEIN Art Gallery in the new showroom in Via Burlamacchi in Milan turned for the occasion in the first pop-up art gallery.

The PHILIPP PLEIN Unique Pieces will also be showcased in selected PHILIPP PLEIN stores around the world and our aim is Art Basel in December 2022.

Art has always been a great inspiring source for me and today I’m proud to celebrate and share this Art Gallery to open a new design chapter, where fashion meets art” stated Philipp Plein while welcoming guests in Via Burlamacchi.

For the very first time, the passion and creativity of the PHILIPP PLEIN brand take shape into art and become unique objects. As every form of art does change with times, Philipp Plein is introducing into a marble sculpture inspired by Gruppo Laoconte, a Men wearing a pair of Philipp Plein kicks.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

The ability to disrupt Art (by placing on a famous ancient sculpture, a playful twist) carries the unmistakable Plein signature where creativity has no limits, and it can become a brilliant form of art.

Convinced that art is dynamic, the designer has also built highly innovative and contemporary sculptures of new fantasy characters, collectively called “LIL MONSTERS” and individually named LILBOO, LILCYCLOPS, LILDIABLO, LILGOZILLA, LILSHARK, LILSKULL.

Inspired by art, Philipp Plein gave rise to his new way of fusing contemporary art and his fashion essence.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

A creativity manifesto that interprets the capsule collection with playful sophistication where “Lil Monsters” appear printed or expertly sewn by hand.

A key feature of today’s presentation is also the total black casting.

Courtesy: Philipp Plein

Only black models have been selected for the catwalk, as a token of the longstanding commitment of Mr. Plein and of the PHILIPP PLIEN Group to inclusivity and to celebration of the black culture.

A commitment which already took shape in 2013 when Philipp Plein was the first designer to feature an all-black casting, an all-black fashion show and an all-black advertising campaign.

Daniel Quintanilla

Space Gallery of Soho & St Barth presents collaboration with Eden Rock-St Barth at island location

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

City Inspiration

Space Gallery St Barth is delighted to collaborate with Eden Rock starting today until February 13, 2022, St Barth at their iconic property in St Jean to continue to tell the story of art through the firsthand experiences of talented leading international painters such as Victor Matthews.

Matthews will be live painting for three days to kick off the exhibition which will last one month until mid-February.

Victor Matthews is best known for his abstract cityscapes marked by white geometric motifs.

Simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic, Matthews’s themes of storytelling, synchronicity, and search for self, hauntingly evoke the mythos of American fantasies.

The artist has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally.

His paintings have been displayed at both the 48th and 55th iterations of the Venice Biennale and can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Daniel Quintanilla

NY NOW® announces strict health + safety protocols for Winter 2022 Market

Courtesy: Daniel Quintanilla

New York, NY (January 6, 2022)

The New York Gift Show – NY NOW® announced last week strict guidelines in its health and safety protocols for its Winter Market at the Javits Center in New York City.

With the health, safety, and support of its community of small businesses across home, design, accessories and more in mind, NY NOW is pleased to report that the Winter Market is on track to safely welcome buyers, customers, partners, and employees on February 6-9, 2022.

In accordance with guidance from New York State, the New York City Department of Health & Hygiene and World Health Organization, NY NOW has implemented additional health and safety measures to ensure the safest possible environment for attendees to effectively conduct business.

Furthering its commitment to creating a safe, comfortable, and informative event experience, NY NOW will have an increased number of health + safety ambassadors throughout the venue to ensure guidelines are being followed and provide masks to guests who may need one.

All attendees including staff members, exhibitors, customers, buyers, and partners will be required to show proof of vaccination via a CDC Vaccination Card or approved app at the entrances prior to receiving a badge and must always wear a mask once inside the Javits Center.

NY NOW held a safe and successful show this past Summer 2021 at the Javits Center, NYC which is among one of the safest venues in the country.

The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation, meaning it follows the highest standards for cleaning and sanitization. Hospital-grade High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are located throughout the venue, which improves filtration and allows for the entire volume of air in the venue to be exchanged five times a day.

See more details here about current health protocols.

“We understand how important the NY NOW tradeshow is to the health of our small business community of retailers and exhibitors,” said Karalynn Sprouse, EVP, NY NOW. “With an enhanced staff onsite, we are confident that the show can safely return in person this February. We’ve seen the demand for an in-person show by way of registrations and have already exceeded the total number of exhibitors from our NY NOW Summer 2021 Market. We know our community depends on NY NOW to bring them together safely to conduct business and we are committed to making this a safe and successful event for everyone.”

For additional information on the NY NOW Winter Market enhanced health and safety guidelines please visit

Daniel Quintanilla

Space Gallery St Barth of New York’s first-ever French & Italian artist collaboration

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Cultural Union

It is with the utmost pleasure that Space Gallery St Barth in collaboration with Eduardo Secci announces the opening of their first exhibition of major twentieth-century French and Italian artists.

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Titled Textural Geographies, the exhibition showcases works by Agostino Bonalumi, Alighiero Boetti, Enrico Castellani, and Christo.

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Opening Thursday, December 30, and running till Saturday, January 15 at their newly renovated Space Gallery in St Barth, this exhibition represents a natural progression of Space Gallery’s focus on European and European-influenced aesthetics and serves to broaden our scope of offerings as we enter our second decade on island.

The genesis of this exhibition and subsequent collaboration with Italian gallery Eduardo Secci stems from our desire to tell a comprehensive story of twentieth-century European aesthetics.

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Textural Geographies presents an opportunity for us to share something new with our collectors: a curated selection of the emerging and mid-career painters and photographers we love alongside the artists who influenced them.

Textural Geographies showcases artists and artworks representative of several of the most influential Italian avant-garde movements of the twentieth century with a special emphasis on the artists’ desire to push past the limitations of the two-dimensional plane.

Elaborating on this concept, Agostino Bonalumi explains, “…at a certain point that expressiveness which was purely appearance and not form, was not enough.”

Throughout Textural Geographies, the journey across different artistic processes and techniques finds common ground in the geographical attitude shared between the artists, ultimately generating a proper route consisting of ups and downs, lights and shadows, multiple directions, and ties to specific places of the world.

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Figurative signs are not the landmarks to guide the viewer: lines, curves, colors, ledges, and recesses create a sinuous movement to be followed in a continuous flow, a sort of stream of consciousness not made up of words, but shapes.

The textural geographies of these surfaces lead to imaginary where you find yourself lost and oriented at the same time.

Courtesy: Space Gallery St. Barth

Agostino Bonalumi

Agostino Bonalumi (b. 1935 | d. 2013) was an Italian abstract artist who by the late 50s had become active in the vibrant art scene of Milan, where he met Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani.

During his long career spanning more than five decades, Agostino Bonalumi was a leading figure in the Italian avant-garde.

He achieved his breakthrough in 1959 with his creation of shaped vinyl- coated monochromatic canvases, which he named “extroflections.”

Specially outfitting his stretcher bars with shaped relief elements that pressed against the back of the tightened canvas, Bonalumi created canvases with saturated tones or white monochromes that appeared animated by a mysterious presence lurking beneath the surface.

Bonalumi’s work has been shown in numerous major solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice and São Paulo biennials, and it is part of the collections of several museums, including the Museu Coleçao Berardoin Lisbon, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti (b. 1940 | d. 1994) – or Alighiero e Boetti ( “e” means “and”) as the Artist signed his works from 1973 on – was born in Turin, where he started his activity joining the Arte Poveramovement in January 1967.

In 1972 he moved to Rome.

In 1971 he had discovered Afghanistan and in Kabul had started an artistic collaboration with women embroiderers, creating tapestries such as his political Maps which would evolve according to the world’s political mutations.

As a conceptual and versatile artist, he has produced a great variety of artworks, delegating to other people the manual execution of some specific typologies, but in that case following very precise “rules of the game”. Other types of Boetti’sworks are exclusively executed by his own hand.

Alighiero Boetti exposed his works in the most prestigious and emblematic exhibitions of his generation such as “When Attitudes Become Form” (1969); “Contemporanea” (Rome 1973); “Identité Italienne” (Paris, 1981) and “The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968” (Guggenheim Museum New York, 1994).

His artworks were exposed at six editions of the Venice Biennale.

Enrico Castellani

Enrico Castellani (b. 1930 | d. 2017) was born in Castelmassa, Italy. In the years just before 1960 Castellani produced a searching body of work that reveals the artist’s ability to transform canvases into original terrains.

Works from this period include monochromes covered with tangled wires or dramatized by deep folds.

In 1959 Castellani created the seminal Black Surface in Relief (Superficie nera in rilievo) by placing hazelnuts behind a canvas.

Since 1959 Castellani has continued to reprocess the potent vocabulary established in that work, creating unexpected topographies by stretching canvases over arrangements of nail heads.

The Fondazione Prada in Milan organized a major solo exhibition on Castellani in 2001.

The artist has participated in notable group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1964 and 1966); The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1965); Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany (1968); Identité Italienne: L’Art en Italie de 1959 à aujourd’hui, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1981); and The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943–1968, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1994).

The artist died in Celleno, Italy, in 2017.


Christo Javacheff (b. 1935 | d. 2020) was born in Gabrova, Bulgaria.

He moved to Paris in 1958 and met Jeanne-Claude. Indebted to Vladimir Tatlin’s Constructivist edict “real materials in real space”, Christo’s first artworks, dating from 1958, consist of appropriated everyday objects such as bottles, cans, furniture, and oil drums wrapped in canvas, bundled in twine, and occasionally overlaid with automobile paint.

Throughout the 1960s, Christo and Jeanne-Claude outlined proposals for similar projects, often involving iconic buildings. Beginning in 1970, the artists executed numerous other projects, all of which became icons of environmental art.

Major exhibitions of the artists’ work have been organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (1979), Museum Ludwig in Cologne (1981), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1990), Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin (2001), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2004). Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; Christo died in New York in 2020.

Daniel Quintanilla

Project Men’s New York trade show pushed back due to Omicron, efforts now on Las Vegas

Courtesy: Project

Sin City Dreams

Omicron continues taking foothold of daily life as the variant of COVID19 has renewed social distancing and cautious measures to keep Omicron from spreading any further, one factor announced Tuesday by Informa Markets Fashion is Project New York, originally scheduled to take place January 26 and January 27, has now been pushed back to July, with dates to be announced soon; but Project Las Vegas will go on as planned from February 14 to February 16.

In spite of Project New York pushed back to July, it hasn’t stopped Project Las Vegas from bringing a taste of The Big Apple to Sin City, with Project NYC select brands including 34 Heritage, Paraboot, Inc.; Serge Blanco, Taft Clothing, Inc.; and Tiger of Sweden joining the showroom floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

As Omicron spreads, and the COVID19 pandemic is far from over, Informa Markets Fashion is allowing itself to bring these prominent menswear events in a more meaningful way, safeguarding the health and safety of the menswear community while ensuring all brands and buyers receive the highest quality experience possible.

Informa Markets Fashion will adhere to all city and state regulations, as well as implement Informa’s very own secure protocols of enhanced cleaning, personal hygiene stations, and physical distancing.

Daniel Quintanilla

Iran Issa-Khan reveals the ‘Forces of Nature’ at New York’s Space Gallery St. Barth

Courtesy: Iran Issa-Khan

Nature At Play

The Collectivité of Saint Barthelemy in partnership with Space Gallery St Barth are proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of photography by Iran Issa-Khan, who presents “Forces Of Nature”, a collaborative exhibition curated and prepared by Space Gallery St Barth for the Musée du Wall House, Saint Barthelemy, and starting tonight in New York City’s SOHO with an opening reception, plus the exhibit running till February 10, 2022.

This exhibition celebrates the inherent beauty of the natural world which has fascinated the artist and been the focus of her lens for over the last twenty years.

Courtesy: Iran Issa Khan

Beginning in 1999, Issa-Khan began photographing flowers, shells, coral, and other products of nature.

These images, reminiscent of the works of Georgia O‘Keeffe, Tina Modotti, Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe, daringly challenge her subjects to an extraordinary intimacy through close-up confrontation.

Cathy Leff, Director of the Wolfsonian Museum explains: “Issa- Khan turned her eye to the minutiae of nature, a subject not as obviously stunning, but—she would ar- gue—just as beautiful. By playing with tight close-ups, unusual angles, and large formats, Issa-Khan forces the viewer to recognize the grand scale of the natural world, and possibly the scale of the self.”

Further observation reveals formal com- plexity, color and texture, while her master lighting and technical skills from fashion photography clearly translate.

Whether subtle, in soft, monochromatic tones, or bold and audacious, in highly saturated colors, all her photographs are captured on film and printed to large scale.

Issa-Khan is highly revered as her list of accolades and the respect afforded by her peers is testament to the great talent that she is.

Courtesy: Iran Issa Khan

A special collector’s book celebrating her work capturing the beauty of the natural world has been published with the foreword contributed by the undeniably brilliant architect Zaha Hadid, also a collector of the artist’s work.

Courtesy: Iran Issa Khan Instagram

ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Tehran, Iran Issa-Khan was raised in Iran, Europe, and the United States.

She began her career as a professional photographer in New York City in the 1970s under the mentorship of William Minor, Jr.

During this time, Issa-Khan was influenced by the work of prominent photographers including Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Francesco Scavullo.

Throughout the next two decades, Issa-Khan’s career as a professional photographer flourished with her work appearing on the covers of US, European and Latin American editions of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Elle magazines,
to name a few.

Considered one of the most important female photographers, Issa-Khan is internationally renowned having exhibited in New York City, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, and Dubai.

Her work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Veranda, Cultured, Luxe, and Haute Living, to name a few. The artist now resides in Miami where she has been working on her Nature series for the past twenty years.

Issa-Khan became a favorite of celebrities, socialites, business and political fig- ures, and fellow artists, resulting in many editorial portrait commissions, the Ferragamo family and Fendi family, Prince Egon and Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Bill Blass, and Oscar de le Renta, among others.

She photographed Paloma Picasso’s national and international advertising campaigns, which extended more than a decade, Nancy Reagan at the White House, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, President and Mrs. Pastrana in Colombia, Baron and Baroness David and Olympia de Rothschild in Paris, and artists Alejandro Obregon in Colombia, Oswaldo Guayasaminin in Ecuador and Rufino Tamayo in Mexico.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM Built at the end of the 18th century, in the neoclassic Swedish style, the Wall House is one of the oldest and largest buildings in Gustavia.

Unique by its stone work and its scale. After 1995 and its complete renovation the Wall House building became the Saint Barthelemy Museum, dedicated to the island’s history.

From 2014 it also welcomed a string of exhibitions centered on internationally recognized artists such as Jasper Johns (2014), Francesco Clemente (2015) and Daniel Arsham (2018).

ABOUT SPACE GALLERY Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists.

The gallery specializes in working with living artists with a strong European flavor.

Since its inception, Space Gallery St Barth has built an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale, and organized museum exhibitions.

Today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami.

Daniel Quintanilla

IMG Unveils First Nations Fashion And Design Shows And Programming At Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022

Courtesy: IMG

SYDNEY (20 December 2021)

IMG, the official organiser and operator of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW), today announced a series of runway shows and programming with First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD) showcasing Indigenous Australian fashion talent at AAFW. Fashion Week will take place 9-13 May 2022 at Carriageworks, Sydney and virtually at

“IMG remains committed to delivering opportunities that place First Nations fashion designers and creatives at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry,” stated Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG’s fashion events and properties, Asia-Pacific. “We’re building on our efforts from the debut of the First Nations Fashion and Design showcase last season to create something bigger and farther reaching in new and thoughtful ways: to showcase the history and future of First Nations peoples’ creativity and sovereignty through AAFW.”

Courtesy: IMG

First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), the not-for-profit Indigenous Corporation whose core business is in supporting the growth of Indigenous Australian fashion, will open and close AAFW with two key events: a ‘Welcome to Country’ on Monday 9 May at 8am to officially open Fashion Week, and the Closing Show and party on Friday 13 May from 7pm.

Presented by Afterpay, the runway show will be produced, styled, modelled and staffed backstage by an all Indigenous cast and crew.

In a Fashion Week first, a party will be held on the runway directly following the FNFD show to bring AAFW 2022 to its official close.

For fashion fans seeking an immersive way to take part in AAFW, tickets will be available to each runway show via AAFW: The Experience, AAFW’s integrated consumer offering. Tickets are strictly limited and will be available in January 2022 at

Consumers can sign up now to receive first access to tickets and other exclusive experiences.

Courtesy: IMG

Dedicated programming curated by and featuring First Nations designers and creatives will also feature as part of AAFW’s cultural program of talks and conversations.

Further runway shows and programming featuring Indigenous Australian designers is yet to be announced.

AAFW is an IMG event supported by the NSW Government through Destination New South Wales.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said: “This spectacular event showcases the talents of our designers to the world against the backdrop of our beautiful global city that fosters cutting-edge ideas and innovation. Afterpay Australian Fashion Week supports our creative industries that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic by driving job growth and increasing wholesale and export opportunities for Australian designers. The Government’s support for this event aligns with our NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 and the goal to position Sydney as the events capital of the Asia Pacific.”

In addition to Afterpay and Destination NSW, AAFW is made possible through the support of sponsors City of Sydney, DHL, Disaronno, GlamCorner, Glenfiddich Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Porsche, Redken, San Pellegrino, Shopify and SKYE Suites.

Courtesy: IMG

Followers can get a front row seat to all the AAFW action by streaming on and following @ausfashionweek across Instagram and Facebook and @AUSFW on TikTok and Twitter and through the official event hashtag #AAFW.

Daniel Quintanilla

Informa Markets Fashion Announces Edwina Kulego in Key Leadership Role as Vice President of International and Business Development

Courtesy: Informa Markets
Visionary fashion veteran returns to Informa Markets Fashion in a new role to develop and strengthen international and new business partnership opportunities across its entire fashion portfolio.

New York, NY — December 16, 2021

Informa Markets Fashion, leading industry connector and host to premier fashion trade events including PROJECT, MAGIC, COTERIE, and SOURCING at MAGIC, announced today the appointment of Edwina Kulego as Vice President of International and Business Development, starting on December 23, 2021.

With over a decade of leadership experience in the fashion industry, including launching Informa Markets Fashion’s international development arm (formerly owned by UBM; acquired by Informa in 2018) in 2016, Kulego brings a specialized background in international and new business development, and demonstrated expertise in the development of omnichannel solutions for the fashion B2B industry.

In this newly developed role, Kulego will oversee all sponsorships and new business opportunities, in addition to international business development.

Her teams will focus on generating new market opportunities, strategic projects, and new avenues for commercial expansion for both live events and digital platforms, as well as guiding the company’s international growth strategy across its entire portfolio of brands.

“We are thrilled to welcome Edwina back to the Informa Markets Fashion team,” says Kelly Helfman, President of Informa Markets Fashion. “As a well-known fashion visionary with deeply-rooted, top-tier industry relationships both in the US and abroad, Edwina brings a strategic vision to this role which will support forward-thinking initiatives that address our customers’ modern and evolving goals.”

In her most recent role, Kulego was the Vice President of Liberty Fairs, where she oversaw all aspects of the business.

Prior to her time at Liberty, Kulego launched the first International Business Development Department at UBM in 2016 and spearheaded the launch of MAGIC Japan, now known as PROJECT Tokyo, in 2017.

Kulego started her fashion trade career in 2010 at PROJECT and holds an International Business degree from Berkeley College. She was born to Ghanian parents in Sweden, studied in France and Spain before moving to New York in 2007, and speaks five languages.

“I am delighted to re-join the Informa Markets Fashion team in this new global leadership position. The world as we know it has changed significantly over the past two years and the importance of strengthening and supporting our global community is even more imperative,” says Edwina Kulego, Vice President of International and Business Development. “I am excited about the opportunity to expand into new markets and bring global talents to our marketplaces. I am looking forward to working alongside our dynamic teams to build meaningful partnerships that create a long-lasting impact in our industry.”

For more information about upcoming 2022 Informa Markets Fashion events, including

Daniel Quintanilla

New York’s Space Gallery St Barth exhibits the work of Gabriella Imperatori-Penn

Courtesy: Gabriella Imperatori-Penn

Painting With The Light Of Her Lens

Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of photography by Swiss artist Gabriella Imperatori-Penn, consisting of thirty-five pieces including new works from her Still Life and Sepia collections as well as works from her popular Flowers, Moonscapes, Stones and Extinct collections.

Imperatori-Penn’s ability to bring quiet focus to the essence of her subject is her artistic signature.

Courtesy: Elaine Springer

The artist’s atmospheric use of light harkens back to the chiaroscuro of the Old Masters instilling each piece with a sense of visual harmony. The artist explains: “As I desired to be a painter all my life. [Photography] is my way to paint with light.”

Deceivingly simple, Imperatori-Penn’s images create a sanctuary space wherein her viewer can contemplate the essential elements of composition: line, color, and form.

Courtesy: Gabriella Imperatori-Penn

The passing of time and the fragility of life are concerns that the artist revisits time and time again.

Imperatori-Penn explores these themes indirectly through her Landscapes collection, which capture the strength and longevity of the rocks that will survive long beyond our life span.

She explores this theme again in her Extinct collection, which contemplates the truth that what is here now will not necessarily exist in time, and again in the Moonscapes collection, where she documents the waxing and waning of the moon.

Gabriella Imperatori-Penn considers landscape and nature photography her spiritual “sanctuary”.

It was during a trip to the island of Chios in Greece that the artist discovered the inspiration for her artwork amongst the polished stones and calm waves lapping at the shoreline.

Imperatori-Penn photographed these stones with a sense of purpose and focus that she describes as “almost like a Buddhist meditation”.

This trip also represents the birth of Gabriella Imperatori-Penn’s journey as a fine artist.

Courtesy: Gabriella Imperatori-Penn

Through her artistic practice, the artist seeks to spotlight the macro in the micro while allowing her audience to stop and reflect on the incomparable beauty of our world from the smallest pebbles to the largest astronomical bodies in the universe.

Imperatori-Penn draws attention to how the ordinary can be extraordinary and in doing so, shares her sanctuary with us all.

Daniel Quintanilla

Patricia Ann Parenti: International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) And Wanted Design Manhattan Trade Shows

Courtesy: Patricia Ann Parenti

By Patricia Ann Parenti

ICFF is the leading trade show in North America for contemporary furniture for the residential, contract and hospitality industry.

The show took place at the Javits Center in NYC on November 14-15, 2021.

Emphasis was on original and sustainable design in the furniture, lighting, chair, outdoor furniture, kitchen and bath, wallcovering, textiles, accessories and carpet and flooring products.

As I walked the floor, I noticed that most products were in grey and beige and when I asked the vendors why those colors were predominant, they said “they are neutral colors that catered to all people in staying in hotels, institutions, banquet dining rooms and other place with large amounts of people with different tastes.”

The look of everything was ultra-modern, edgy and industrial looking. Coming from a fashion background with tradeshows showing lots of color and prints I really learned lots about this industry.

To read more about the show, go to

Courtesy: Patricia Ann Parenti

WANTED DESIGN MANHATTAN was held at the same time as ICFF and was just separated by the signs in the aisles.

The only difference is this show had more up and coming small designers with high end unique products and the companies were from North America.

For more on WANTED DESIGN MANHATTAN, click on

Courtesy: Patricia Ann Parenti


Jared Schelb and Bronsin Ablon are partners in this new brand of handmade furniture make in the old Brooklyn Navy Yark in Brooklyn, NY.

What inspired me about this unique furniture was that it was made genuine walnut or white oak wood and not composite board which is what much of today’s furniture is made of.

The designers in my photo were inspired by metal crystal so you can see the twisting throughout the sides of the furniture.

They use real glass tops on their coffee tables and not plastic which is used also in furniture nowadays.

In the photo you can see stacked layers of wood that look like individual tables but actually the layers are all connected together.

The side tables are perfect for the sides of a sofa or chair and have no glass on them but with any real wood I would advise you to use coasters for drinks so you don’t have rings on the tops of the tables from liquids.

This furniture is all modular so you can move it around the room as needed. I know these guys creations will last forever.

For prices, please call or email because they just finished samples right before the show and didn’t have them yet.

For more about BIZMUTH, go to http://WWW.BIZMUTH.NYC , or phone 914-933-7620, you can also email at

Courtesy: Patricia Ann Parenti


This company has been around 20 years and based out of Chicago.

Their slogan is “creating beautiful bathrooms” and I’m going to add ultra-modern bathrooms too.

Their basic vanities are all made in Chicago and are in stock and shipped within 48 hours. Their collection is vast but everything they carry is state of the art.

Electronic faucets and soap dispensers (the kind that you put your hand under for them to work) come in a burnished stainless-steel, brass and 7 other metal finishes.

Regular faucets with hot and cold-water handles, valves and shower fixtures come in many finishes too.

The new style of toilet is off the floor and hanging from a wall so it’s easy to clean the floor underneath.

The other luxury items are concrete sinks, vanity tops and shower bases that come in 4 colors.

Other items they carry are mirrors, bathtubs and bathroom accessories.

These are all high-end products you won’t find at Home Depot.

They can create custom pieces also.

To buy or find out more information, go to WWW.LACAVA.COM.

Courtesy: Patricia Ann Parenti


MEXA is a beautiful collection of hand made in Mexico outdoor patio, pool or lawn furniture.

Basically, it’s woven textiles around steel structures wielded together and polished by artisans that were taught by their ancestors before them.

The company has a design team who designs the original style and teaches the craftspeople their vision.

Some of the textiles used for the weaving are: wicker, synthetic palm, PVC plastic and fabric cord.

The synthetic textiles comes in a variety of colors and different colors can be mixed in one piece of furniture.

Styles of furniture are: dining chair, dining armchair, rockingchair, hangingchair, loungechair, loveseats, benches, bar stool and counter stools.

Tables are in dining, square, coffee, side and rectangle n colors to match the chairs made in the sythetic textiles.

This furntiure color also be used in a dining in a resort area.

To find out where to purchase, go to WWW.MEXADESIGN.COM.

Patricia Ann Parenti